Yesterday (31 March), marks Annamah Abukutty’s 110th birthday, yet her age has not stopped her from contributing to society.
According to The Star, Annamah has been recognised by the Malaysia Book of Records (MBOR) as the “Oldest Living Woman” in conjunction with her birthday celebration.
While her birthday yesterday was a cause for celebration, MBR chief operating officer Christopher Wong said that she was awarded the same title by MBR last year at its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.
“I have been informed that she is also currently the oldest Malaysian alive,” he added.
Born and raised in Thachambadi, India, Annamah brought along her knowledge and wealth of experience in Indian traditional herbs when she migrated to then Malaya before World War II began.
Her son M. Subramanian, 73, said that despite her age and disability, villagers around her residence and patients have been visiting her to seek health advice and her wisdom in longevity. Apart from herbal medicine, he said people used to seek her services in midwifery, reflexology and tattooing.
“She is famously known by people here as Patti Annamah,” he told reporters.
Although Annamah is currently wheelchair-bound and blind in her left eye, she can still converse well in Tamil and Malay and her memory still serves her remarkably well.
Subramanian said her secret to longevity included fasting, meditation and her homegrown herbs. He said that she had been very consistent with her routine in order to clear any toxins in her body and to maintain her health.
“She also used to fast every Monday to remove toxins from her body, but she stopped that practice around 15 years ago, ” he added.
Annamah currently resides in Batu Gajah, Perak, with some of her offspring who comprise 4 children, 17 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.